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Volume 35, Number 4, March 4 - 17, 2013

TWU PRESENTS ‘CELEBRATION OF SCIENCE’ ON MARCH 22

Three prominent scientists are the keynote speakers for Texas Woman’s University’s Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science event, scheduled Friday, March 22 on TWU’s Denton campus.

Kim R. Dunbar, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Chemistry/Davidson Professor of Science at Texas A&M University; Susan M. Rosenberg, Ph.D., the Ben F. Love Chair in Cancer Research at Baylor College of Medicine and professor in departments of molecular and human genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, molecular virology and microbiology; and Lita Proctor, Ph.D., program director of the Human Microbiome Project at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, are the guest speakers at the event, which celebrates “Women in Science.”

The daylong event includes an interactive forum with students titled “Careers in Science — Advice for Students,” a luncheon with the speakers and TWU students, a symposium titled “Women in Science: Research at the Interface of Biology and Chemistry” and a reception.  Most activities will take place in the Ann Stuart Science Complex.

During the afternoon symposium, Dr. Dunbar will present “Anion-pi Supramolecular Interactions: An Overlooked and Exciting Tool for Chemists and Biologists.”  Dr. Rosenberg will present “Mutation, Network and the Regulation of Evolvability.”  Dr. Proctor’s presentation is titled “The Human Microbiome.”

TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart established the Ann Stuart and Ray R. Poliakoff Celebration of Science Series in 2011 with a $200,000 gift to the university.  Through a commitment of two decades of funding, the Celebration of Science Series intends to provide the opportunity for the Departments of Biology and Chemistry/Biochemistry to develop a sustained program of promoting and celebrating the wonders, truths and mysteries of science.

The Celebration of Science Series will continue annually through 2032.  Although events will vary from year to year, the intent always will be to engage current TWU students and faculty, alumni, K-12 students in Denton and others in the community.

Both Dr. Ann Stuart and Mr. Ray Poliakoff, wife and husband, were first-generation graduates of public higher education, and both often said it was their education that enabled them to pursue the opportunities that enriched their lives.

Dr. Stuart, a professor of English, loved the quest of learning, the pleasure of reading, and her career in education both as a teacher and as an administrator.

Mr. Poliakoff served in a reconnaissance intelligence unit in Europe during World War II and was twice wounded in combat.  After the war, he graduated from law school and spent the majority of his professional career working with various national and international concerns and individuals in coal, oil, gas, and other natural resource ventures and concessions in the U.S., Alaska, Canada, Europe, Australia, the Mid-East and the Far East.

They both gave generously to create opportunities for young people to pursue their goals.

Newsbriefs (submission information)

Time to spring forward!  Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10.  Don’t forget to set your clock ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

TWU’s Spring Break is scheduled March 11-15.

Survey forms for the 2013-14 academic year committees will be available online through Sunday, March 10.  You may access the survey at https://portal.twu.edu/committees/survey.asp.  You will be asked for your portal username and password.  If you need assistance, contact the Help Desk at 81-3971 or by going to www.twu.edu/help-desk.  Questions about the committee survey process should be directed to Malinda Potynski at mpotynski@twu.edu.  For questions concerning faculty committees, contact Dr. O. Jayne Bowman at 84-2134 or obowman@twu.edu.

Update on TWU People (submission information)

The TWU community offers its condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Brooke Sheldon, who passed away Feb. 11, 2013 in Santa Fe, N.M.  Dr. Sheldon was the dean of the TWU School of Library and Information Studies from 1977-1990.  Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Brooke E. Sheldon Endowed Professorship in Management and Leadership at the University of Texas at Austin and to the New Mexico Library Foundation.

Sympathies are extended to the family and friends of Pamela Jeanne Rogers, who passed away Feb. 15, 2013.  Ms. Rogers worked at TWU as a graphic artist for many years, and also earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the university.  Memorials may be made to The Parkland Foundation or the TWU Foundation.

Tracy Stegmair (Institutional Research and Data Management) was elected treasurer of the Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) on Feb. 13.

Tracy Stegmair (Institutional Research and Data Management) presented at the 2013 Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) Annual Conference in Galveston in February.  She co-presented pre-conference workshops in beginning and intermediate Structured Query Language (SQL) and a concurrent session on improving efficiency with Microsoft Excel.

Lisa Haynes (Institutional Research and Data Management) presented at the 2013 Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) Annual Conference in Galveston in February.  She presented a concurrent session on improving efficiency with Microsoft Excel and led a roundtable discussion on the Institutional Review Board and its importance to Institutional Research.

Dr. Wyona Freysteinson (nursing, Houston) and her co-researcher Dr. Amy Deutsch were invited to present a two-hour seminar with Drs. Michelle Fingeret and Erin Buck (MD Anderson Cancer Center) at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society’s 10th Annual Conference, held Feb. 14-16 in Huntington Beach, Calif.  Their presentation was titled “Facing the mirror: Treating adult cancer patients struggling with body changes and disfigurement.”

Dr. Mahesh s. Raisinghani (School of Management) is serving as guest editor of a special issue of the International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA), an official publication of the Information Resources Management Association.  The special issue aims to increase scientific theoretical and applied knowledge on the engineering and management of IT-based service systems from a Systems Approach view.

Dr. Mahesh S. Raisinghani (School of Management) has co-authored two papers —  “Knowledge Management for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy: Issues and Potential Solutions” and “The Politics of E-Learning – A Case Based Exploration” — that have been accepted for presentation at the Fourteenth Annual Global Information Technology Management (GITMA) World Conference June 16-18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Both papers will be included in the conference proceedings as full papers and have been invited for publication in the annual journal, Communications of Global Information Technology (COGIT) published by Ivy League Publishing.

The Next Two Weeks at TWU: March 4 - 17, 2013

Mon., Mar. 4             
  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Mar. 5

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Wed., Mar. 6

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • A Texas Tribute: Music Showcase Concert, 7:30 p.m., MJPH.  General admission, $5; children ages 12 and younger, free.  81-2500.

Thurs., Mar. 7

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Drama presents: “The Last Five Years,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp or call 81-2020.
  • TWU International Festival, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., SU Purple Lounge and SU 207.  Presented by the Office of International Education and the International Student Association.

Fri., Mar. 8

  • Library open 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • TWU Drama presents: “The Last Five Years,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp or call 81-2020.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Southeast Missouri State, 6:30 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-Kingsville, 5 & 7 p.m., away.

Sat., Mar. 9

  • Library closed; Bookstore open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • TWU Drama presents: “The Last Five Years,” 8 p.m., Redbud Theater Complex.  For more information, visit www.twu.edu/drama/box-office.asp or call 81-2020.

Sun., Mar. 10

  • Library closed; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.
  • Daylight Saving Time begins.
  • Pioneers Gymnastics vs. Lindenwood, 2 p.m., away.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-International, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., away.

Mon., Mar. 11

  • Spring Break week.
  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Tues., Mar. 12

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-International, 1 p.m., and St. Edward’s, 3 p.m., 2013 Best Western Premier Spring Fling, home.

Wed., Mar. 13

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Texas A&M-International, 2 p.m., 2013 Best Western Premier Spring Fling, home.

Thurs., Mar. 14

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.

Fri., Mar. 15

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore open 8 a.m.-3 p.m.; Fitness and Recreation open 6 a.m.-midnight.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Abilene Christian, 6 p.m., home.

Sat., Mar. 16

  • Library open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Pioneers Softball vs. Abilene Christian, 1 & 3 p.m., home.

Sun., Mar. 17

  • Library open 2 p.m.-midnight; Bookstore closed; Fitness and Recreation open noon-midnight.

Submission Information

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